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SAINT JOBS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE >>> NOW UP TO DATE OF I-TEAM INVESTIGATION

YOU MIGHT SAY ITEM MONEY GOING DOWN THE DRAIN BUT HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THIS MONEY IS ACTUALLY GOING TO GOOD IMPROVING LOCAL SEPTIC TANK WE SHOWED THE PROBLEM IN JACKSONVILLE WITH THOUSANDS OF SEPTIC TANK THAT COULD BE LEAKING INTO THE RIVER JIM IS LIVE NOW ALONG THE ST JOHNS WITH FOLLOW-UP TONIGHT LOOKING AT HOW THIS MONEY COULD CHANGE THAT JIM? >>Reporter: THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS IN THE RIVER BUT SOME OF THE MOST DISGUSTING THAT WE HEAR ABOUT IS HUMAN WASTE A LOT OF THAT COMES FROM BUSTED SEPTIC TANK

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

JOHNS RIVER WHERE THE REAL CONCERN IS SMALL WATER WAY LIKE THIS THAT ACTUALLY LEAD INTO THE RIVER THIS IS WHERE THEY SAY THE SEPTIC TANK ACTUALLY LEAK INTO AND THEN FLOW INTO THE RIVER >> WE AT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARE FOCUSING OUR EFFORT ON SEPTIC SYSTEM WHILE THE CITY WORK ON CONVERTING SEPTIC SYSTEM TO CITY SEWER >>Reporter: AS PART OF THE EFFORT THE STATE JUST ANNOUNCED CONTINUATION OF A GRANT THAT WILL BRING IN 5 49,000 DOLLARS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS TO DUVAL COUNTY THAT MONEY WILL BE USED FOR INSPECTORS TO GO DOOR TO DOOR IN THE TROUBLED AREAS HANDING OUT PAMPHLET LIKE THIS AND TALKING TO HOMEOWNERS ABOUT THEIR SYSTEMS AND WHAT THEY NEED TO DO TO KEEP THEM OPERATING PROPERLY

>> ALSO PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH DUE TO THE FINDING THIS AS FAILING SEPTIC SYSTEM WE CAN ENFORCE THE CORRECTION OF THE SANITARY NUISANCE AND GET THE SYSTEM REPAIRE >>Reporter: I DID TROY TO GO OUT WITH THE INSPECTORS TODAY BUT THEY JUST WOULDN'T ALLOW THAT CITING PRIVACY CONCERN FOR THE HOMEOWNER BUT DIFFICULT CHECK WITH THE CITY AND JEA TO FIND OUT WHERE WE STAND ON REPLACING THAT SEPTIC TANK THAT ARE BAD AND THEY BEGIN THE PHASE OF THAT THEY START THREE PHASE INTO THE FIRST FAIZ OF DOING THAT IN NORTH WEST JACKSONVILL THAT IN NORTH WEST JACKSONVILLE

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